ARC Spotlight Artists New Releases

Tonooka, Siegel, Burnett live appearances

Sumi Tonooka Trio

PNC Arts Alive 2018 Jazz Cultural Voices
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts – TICKETS

Sumi Tonooka (pronounced To-NO-ka) has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid).

Siegel CD Release Tour


w/Francesca Tanksley & Rich Syracuse


Performing Jazz in Kansas City

Burnett selected for panel.

A Kansas City-based catalyst organization, KC Jazz ALIVE hosts lunches at Grand Street Cafe every other month for the community to come and learn about great things happening in KC jazz.

This month’s lunch will be on Friday, September 14 from 11:30am – 1pm.

“Each lunch we host has a theme, and we are planning on a short panel discussion,” said Macy Lane of KC Jazz ALIVE. “The theme will be “Performing Jazz in Kansas City”. We secure 3-4 talented jazz performers in KC.”

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Armstrong, Carlson among latest new ARC releases

Out Now on ARC

For You

by Ron Carlson

A guitarist and flutist, ARC’s Ron Carlson assembled a collaboration among New York and Kansas City musicians featuring Diana Herold, Grisha Alexiev, Greg Clinkingbeard and vocalist Jennifer White performing jazz standards and original compositions dedicated to the memory of Diane Carlson. Preview the recording at CD Baby.


Soon To Be Released…

James Armstrong – Ruminations Interview

“You hear me walking into the studio, and sitting down at the C9. We went straight into the long take after that.” – JA

ARC: How long did you prepare for “Ruminations” before going into Fantasy Studios to record?

JA: About 3 1/2 months practice going into the“Ruminations” session, concurrent with the day teaching job.

ARC: We’ve posted your warm-up track that’s included with your release, along with this interview. It’s a healthy 5:41 in length. However, the formal recording you have released on the ARC label of “Ruminations” is an extended improvised work of over an hour, correct?

JA: Yes, the central (“Ruminations”) performance clocks in at just over an hour. There were no splices. Alberto described sessions replete with outtakes and overdubs.

ARC: To undertake any solo instrumental recording as a producer is a venture of daring and it takes a great deal of artistic courage to prepare such a project. Especially, within the context of the creative improvised music realm.

JA: I take the position that a performance will never be “perfect“. However, with consistent practice, it will be successful.

ARC: When will “Ruminations” be available to the public?

JA: I’m targeting a release date on or about September 22.

LISTEN: “Ruminations” Warm Up

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Fantasy Recording Studios will be closing effective September 15th, 2018.

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ARC’s James Armstrong concluded the “Ruminations” recording session at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, July 1, 2018.

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CD-Music CATALOG: There are over 80 releases in the ARC catalog.

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368 songs, 41 hours 28 minutes



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Burnett selected as a Kansas Music Educators Association Clinician for their 2018 In-Service Workshop

Mr. Christopher Burnett
2018 KMEA ISW Clinician

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – We are pleased to announce that ARC’s Christopher Burnett has been selected as one of the Kansas Music Educators Association 2018 In-Service Workshop Clinicians. Mr. Burnett’s Saturday morning clinic session will present useful information applicable for large ensemble and private teaching contexts. Details follow:

  • Clinic Session – Inculcating the Practical Factors of Applied Music Performance
  • Clinician – Christopher Burnett (Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician)
  • Date – Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Room – 203 Birch
  • Time – 8:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

CREDITS: This program has been made possible through a grant from Conn-Selmer, Inc. The Tune Shop, Inc. is the participating Conn-Selmer dealer.

NOTE: Handout materials PDF will be available at the KMEA ISW website Clinicians page and available to download at the event from


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Jazz Ambassador Magazine features ARC Label


We have collectively read the Artists Recording Collective LLC feature article you wrote and published in the June / July issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine (JAM). 
We want to say THANKS to you and the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors organization for a great article about our company and for this significant recognition of our efforts in the industry.  
Respectfully in music,
All of the artists at:
Click links below images to read the article.
Read the JAM segment with the ARC article in PDF – HERE.

“Collectively, they continue to define a 21st Century model for a jazz record label.”
Larry Kopitnik, JAM editor writes about the Artists Recording Collective label
(June / July 2017 issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine)

Read the JAM segment with the ARC article in PDF – HERE.

“Collectively and individually, they are looking forward and breaking the seams of the traditional jazz box.”
Larry Kopitnik, JAM editor writes about the Artists Recording Collective label
(June / July 2017 issue of Jazz Ambassador Magazine)

Read the JAM segment with the ARC article in PDF – HERE.

Long Ago Today (ARC-2116*)

by Sumi Tonooka Trio
with Rufus Reid bass and Bob Braye drums
*this is the debut release by the label

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Live Concert Combines Live Webcast June 6


Live Concert Combines Live Webcast June 6

Kansas City USA – The Westport Coffeehouse Theater will be the venue location for a live concert performance by the Christopher Burnett Quartet with special guest, Michael Jefry Stevens at 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., June 6.

Tickets are $10 at the door for local audiences and $5 to watch the live webcast online from anywhere around the world.

The live webcast of the concert will begin at 7 p.m. using the Concert Window platform at this link

About the event:

Emcee and event producer, Toni Gates will serve as host of the live concert which will feature a program of original compositions by both, Mr. Stevens and Mr. Burnett. The music will be performed by jazz quintet, and selections selected from the following original works:

• Analog Networking (Burnett)
• Breeze (Stevens)
• Dance (Stevens)
• Hauptbahnhof (Burnett)
• Movements (Burnett)
• Only Love (Stevens)
• Parallel Lines (Stevens)
• Perspectives (Burnett)
• Point of View (Stevens)
• The Moffett Family (Stevens)
• The River Po (Stevens)
• Tina Ballerina (Stevens)
• Today This Moment (Stevens)
• Trinity (Stevens)
• What About The Future?

CD Recordings will be available at the ticket table. And, all music is available at the major digital music stores like Apple Music, iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon. Several compositions will be debut performances.

About the artists:

Pianist, Composer and “Steinway Artist,” Michael Jefry Stevens has released over 80 CDs and composed over 340 works for both large and small ensembles. An active bandleader for over 40 years, his current working musical ensembles include the “Conference Call Quartet,” the “Fonda/Stevens Group,” “Eastern Boundary Quartet,” his collaboration with New Orleans horn man, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle and “Trio Generations” featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake.

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Burnett (Selmer Saxophone Artist), guitarist Charles Gatschet, bassist Andrew W. Stinson, and percussionist Clarence Smith are members of Christopher Burnett’s guitar quartet. The quartet also forms the basis of an international ensemble, The Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet, whose critically acclaimed debut release titled “Echoes of Europe” is available worldwide via the Kansas City-based ARC label. Christopher Burnett’s ensembles have performed at the top venues in Kansas City, and the quartet is also scheduled to perform at the 28th Annual Roots Festival in Paola, Kansas on Aug. 26.

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About the venue:

Westport Coffeehouse opened in 1996 and is a full-service coffeehouse with an exceptional “black box” theatre. Also known as an oasis in the middle of Westport” “Entertainment District,” amenities and attractions include high-speed Internet, theater and comedy events, and live music performances in the Westport Coffeehouse Theater. Drinks are a specialty with choices ranging from smoothies to ice cream and of course exceptional coffees. Grilled panini sandwiches and baking “by Pam” add to the offerings.

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Event Details:

Westport Coffeehouse Theater and the
Artists Recording Collective label present

Christopher Burnett QUARTET

+ Michael Jefry Stevens


TUESDAY JUNE 6 / 7 P.M. + Video Recording

Westport Coffeehouse Theater
4010 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64111


$10 cover at the door
$5 webcast cover online


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Cost: Payment required – Christopher Burnett Quartet + Michael Jefry Stevens at Westport Coffeehouse Theater in KC – LIVE online show Tuesday, June 6th at 8:00 pm EDT 7:00 pm CDT. NOTICE: CONCERT WINDOW TICKETS ARE FOR THE LIVE STREAM ONLY. THE LIVE STREAM IS A WAY TO BE “AT THE CONCERT” NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD! JOIN US. WE WILL STREAM A SEGMENT OF THIS EVENT BEGINNING AT 7:00 PM CST.


+ Live Webcast Ticket $5 (pay online)

+ Live Concert $10 (pay at the door)

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Italian RAI3 Radio plays Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet

Battiti del 04/04/2017


o TKAY MAIDZA, Always Been, da “Tkay” – Kitsuné Musique

o DIE FØRM, No Kill, da “La dimensione umana” – Officina Fonografica Italiana cd OFI006

o KING AYISOBA, Dapagara (feat. Orlando Julius & Zenabu), da “1000 Can Die” – Glitterbeat GBCD 044

o MICHEL EDELIN, This Way Please, da “Kalamania” – Rogue Art ROG-0070

o COH, 132, da “Music Vol.” – Editions Mego 222

o COH, 2000 lieues, da “Music Vol.” – Editions Mego 222

o PĘKALA/KORDYLASINSKA, Vermont Counterpoint, da “Werke Für Schagzeug und elektroacustische Geräte” – Gagarin Records GR2037

o PĘKALA/KORDYLASINSKA, Modular#1, da “Werke Für Schagzeug und elektroacustische Geräte” – Gagarin Records GR2037

o JAAP BLONK, Aspera, da “August Ananke” – Kontrans 561

o VITTORIO MEZZA TRIO, Tammurriata nera, da “Napoli Jazz Songs” – Abeat Records ABJZ142

o CIRO RICCARDI, I marinai di Kronstadt, da “Racconti di vinile” – Alfa Music AFMCD190

o DINO MASSA KANSAS CITY QUINTET, Tarantella, da “Echoes Of Europe” – Artist Recording Collective ARC2680


BUY CD – Echoes of Europe (ARC-2680)

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JAM reviews Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet

Echoes of Europe (ARC-2680)

BUY CD – Echoes of Europe (ARC-2680)



Download a PDF of JAM

Click HERE to download the entire magazine in PDF

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Radio Arts Foundation show plays Echoes of Europe

SHOW: “Jazz Collective” HOST: Jason Church

Note from Jason

I got the CD in just enough time to get “Echoes” in for this Saturday night’s show!

I tagged the band’s FB page in the post, but just in case, here are the various ways that folks can listen in:

107.3 FM in St. Louis
96.3 HD-2 in St. Louis (Online and worldwide!)

The show airs from 9p – 11p (CST)



BUY CD – Echoes of Europe (ARC-2680)

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